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Florida judge makes ban on Bob Saget autopsy records release permanent

It prohibits the release of photos, video or other records related to the investigation into the comedian’s death. Saget was found dead in an Orlando hotel room.
In this Dec. 8, 2021, photo, Bob Saget arrives at a screening of "MacGruber" in Los Angeles. A judge in Florida has agreed to make permanent an order that prohibits the release of photos, video or other records related to the investigation into the death of the 65-year-old comedian.
In this Dec. 8, 2021, photo, Bob Saget arrives at a screening of "MacGruber" in Los Angeles. A judge in Florida has agreed to make permanent an order that prohibits the release of photos, video or other records related to the investigation into the death of the 65-year-old comedian. [ RICHARD SHOTWELL | Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP ]
Published Mar. 15

ORLANDO — A judge in Florida on Monday agreed to make permanent an order that prohibits the release of photos, video or other records related to the investigation into the death of comedian Bob Saget.

During a court hearing in Orlando, Circuit Judge Vincent Chiu said he would issue a permanent injunction that had been requested by Saget’s widow, Kelly Rizzo, and his three daughters. The family members had filed a lawsuit seeking to stop the release of any records from the local medical examiner’s office and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office involving the investigation into Saget’s death.

Saget, 65, was found dead Jan. 9 in a room at the Ritz Carlton in Orlando. He had performed in the area the previous night as part of a stand-up tour.

This Jan. 9 photo shows the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes resort hotel in Orlando, where actor and comedian Bob Saget was found dead.
This Jan. 9 photo shows the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes resort hotel in Orlando, where actor and comedian Bob Saget was found dead. [ PHELAN M. EBENHACK | AP ]

Saget died from an accidental blow to the head, likely from a fall backward, according to the medical examiner. An autopsy report showed that Saget had an abrasion on his scalp, a fracture at the base of his skull, fractures around his eye sockets, bruises to the brain, and bleeding between the brain and tissue covering the brain. A toxicology analysis didn’t show any illicit drugs or toxins in Saget’s body.

During the course of the autopsy and death investigation, the medical examiner’s office and sheriff’s office created graphic videos and photos of Saget’s body, as well as audio recordings. Such records are prohibited by state law from being released publicly, but some media outlets had already filed requests for them, according to the family’s lawsuit.

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